Photos of Alice Springs, the Centre of Australia

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Alice Springs, the Centre of Australia

”°A Town like Alice”± is the real heart of Australia, a thousand miles from Darwin in the north and Adelaide in the south. It is a small town of almost 29,000 people along the usually dry Todd River, with the MacDonnell Ranges as a backdrop. The site where it now stands is known as Mparntwe to the traditional Aboriginal inhabitants, the Arrernte, who probably have been there for around 50,000 years, in an arid environment with an average summer temperature of about 37”ĘC while in winter, it can average as low as 7.5”ĘC.

Alice Springs, McDonnell Ranges
View of Alice Springs
Welcome to Alice Springs
ANZAC Hill, Alice Springs
Alice Springs from ANZAC Hill
Alice Springs
Alice Springs view
Todd River, Alice Springs
Todd river, Alice Springs
Todd River, Alice Springs
Hartley Street, Alice Springs
Mural in Alice Springs
Mural in Alice Springs
Alice Springs
Tourist shops
Local art for sale
Todd Street, Alice Springs
Alice Springs swimming pool
Alice Springs
Alice Springs
The Alice Springs
Alice Springs
Tennis court site
Alice Springs Telegraph Station
Camel Farm, Alice Springs
Camel van near Alice Springs
MacDonnell Ranges, Alice Springs
John Flynn's Grave
DHA-3 Drover
Connellan Airways hangar
A Beechcraft D18S
Heavytree Gap
Gap Road
Yirara College
Yirara College view
Pine Gap

The town was laid out in 1888, not far from the Telegraph Station, built near a spring; this spring was named after Alice, the wife of Charles Todd, who completed the overland telegraph line from Port Augusta to Darwin in 1872. The town was first called Stuart after the explorer John McDouall Stuart, but it got its present name in 1933.

”°The Alice,”± as it is often referred to, is the centre for tourists who visit the impressive scenery in the surrounding area; from here, camel safaris may be organised to the nearby nature spots. The town also remains the supply depot of the nearby cattle stations, mines, and Aboriginal communities. It has all the amenities expected of a modern city.